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What a catch!

By geoffrey baker
I doubt if I'll be out with my camera for a while so I've decided to upload some photos from my archives.
I have dozens of these Puffin photos but held them back because everyone was uploading them at that time, so they were just left sitting on my external hard drive waiting for a rainy day, well, it's pouring down at the moment so here's the first one Wink

Tags: Puffin Skomer Sandeels Wildlife and nature

Voters: mattberry, CarolG, edrhodes and 120 more

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Jan 2008 2:38PM
What a stunner, fabulous detail, a simply superb image. Carol

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mattberry 13 259 14 England
18 Jan 2008 2:38PM
One word springs to mind "detail!" this has got bags of it, right in ya face!

Love it! Well done Smile

KJackson 10 7 1 England
18 Jan 2008 2:40PM
This is amazing, the colour reflecting on the fish scales is superb, thanks for sharing it
dave1207 10 14 England
18 Jan 2008 2:44PM
Brilliant capture, the detail, colour, dof all spot on, can't fault it. Very well done.
geniehawk 11 181 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 2:46PM
Brings back memories, brilliant image of a magic place!

olbell 10 47 1 England
18 Jan 2008 2:46PM
An excellent shot. So much detail making the most of that big lens! Well done.

Rgds Ollie
18 Jan 2008 2:46PM
One of the best shots of any kind that I've seen on here for a while, this is an outstanding image - and to think that's it's been hidden away on your hard drive. Is it a world to hide virtues in?
Again - outstanding
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 2:46PM
i agree, wonderful detail,
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
18 Jan 2008 2:48PM
Fantastic shot, love it, superb
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
18 Jan 2008 3:01PM

MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 3:06PM
dont think I have ever seen one with so much detail its spot on well captured
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 3:08PM
janet 15 27 England
18 Jan 2008 3:14PM
What a superb image!!!!

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Jan 2008 3:18PM
aye...s' alright...Smile
AlanC1 11 1 England
18 Jan 2008 3:18PM
Stunning,Thanks for sharing it and well done
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 3:20PM
Wow what a cracker
Barbaraj 11 450 England
18 Jan 2008 3:24PM
Extreemly good tight focus.
digitall 11 238 6 Wales
18 Jan 2008 3:25PM
Stunning, great detail.

bobalot 11 10 England
18 Jan 2008 3:27PM
the perfect shot , stunning.

Regards Bob
conrad 13 10.9k 116
18 Jan 2008 3:29PM
Quite the catch ... er... capture! Wink
joze 11 Slovenia
18 Jan 2008 3:31PM
Super shot.
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
18 Jan 2008 3:52PM
wot a catch, but wot a great shot

RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
18 Jan 2008 3:59PM
Fantastic image.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
18 Jan 2008 4:00PM
AWESOME or what !!!! brilliant capture Geoff, What colours and detail with such interest. Stunning

microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 4:03PM
This is superb the detail is so pin sharp its unbelievable,Brilliant capture,
IMAGESTAR 12 7 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 4:06PM
Excellent image very good detail.
18 Jan 2008 4:08PM
my favourite sea bird,lovely detail,
chris_taylor Junior Member 13 161 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 4:16PM
Simply excellent!
Rob_Taylor 14 661 5 Wales
18 Jan 2008 4:17PM
BRILLIANT shot Geoff, bursting with colour and detail.
Can't believe you've held onto this for so long!!
Look forward to seeing more from your archives Smile

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Jan 2008 4:19PM
Superb close up, Geoff. Have never managed a decent Puffin image. Always time visit wrong or rubbish weather. Ron.
User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
18 Jan 2008 4:34PM
What a fabulous shot; wonderful image!
fishy2 10
18 Jan 2008 4:37PM
stunning detail top shot.
Guillaume 11 119 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 4:37PM
Such clarity in the picture! Great work.
18 Jan 2008 4:37PM
mollsgran 11 1 England
18 Jan 2008 5:06PM
Stunning honestly
18 Jan 2008 5:10PM
Oh, so you all like it then Wink
I just popped in to see if I'd had a RC only to find I've had 53 votes already, WOW!, thanks everyone.

Suppose I'd better put some of my better ones up now then Wink
Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 5:13PM
this is a great detailed sharp shot
the colours are fab
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
18 Jan 2008 5:28PM
Ahh so it's time then Wink You are a patient man Mr Baker, this is a cracker.

AlanTW 15 351
18 Jan 2008 5:28PM
I just love puffin shots and this is a real cracker
Herge88 10 40 4 England
18 Jan 2008 5:29PM
Stunning clarity and detail, this was well worth digging out.

Best Matt
plugin 13 1 Canada
18 Jan 2008 5:35PM
Wow, fantastic image
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
18 Jan 2008 5:46PM
What a catch indeed.
First class. Well done !

KarenFB Plus
11 5.0k 171 England
18 Jan 2008 5:57PM
This image is amazing, the details you've caught are stunning.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
18 Jan 2008 6:04PM
Breathtaking - I have no words. Just perfection.
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
18 Jan 2008 6:08PM

mikejmb 10 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 6:24PM
What a stunning picture, I'm off to look at Sigma 50-500 lenses now but the congratulations are to you and thanks for sharing it. Terrific.

18 Jan 2008 6:27PM
You said it, what a catch - photo that is!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Jan 2008 6:36PM are on fire!!!!

Quick, get the water!!!! :-p
18 Jan 2008 6:37PM
Stunning, brilliant detail.
annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 6:45PM
One of the best Puffin images I have ever seen, Fantastic
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 6:54PM
This is really stunning, lovely colours and superb detail in the fish and beak. But at the risk of upsetting everyone, I thought it could be even better still if the DOF had just stretched a little further to include the eye.
Thoroughly looking forward to seeing your "better ones" as you put it
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 7:05PM
Brilliant !
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 7:27PM
This is definitely the silver lining of the present clouds!!
Stewy Plus
11 103 2 England
18 Jan 2008 7:29PM
Outstanding piece of work. Deserves far more than an RC.

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
18 Jan 2008 7:51PM
Outstanding is correct.Wonderful detail and colour.
Well done Geoff.
neonknight 13 1 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 9:33PM
Cracking image nice,Neonknight
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
18 Jan 2008 10:38PM
I was just going to say shame the eye wasn't sharp but I've been beaten to it. Cracking colour and the beak is razor sharp, but, as Tim says, the soft eye does sadly lets it down.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Jan 2008 10:42PM
that is correct, Geoff.
Cormy 10 3 England
18 Jan 2008 10:46PM
Seen lots and lots of these over the years,not a single one approaching the quality of this.What a catch indeed !!!!!
18 Jan 2008 10:48PM
Thanks everyone Smile

Thanks for commenting Pete, you are right of course.
I did go over the eye with the sharpen tool to try to get it sharp but there's no substitute for getting it right in camera.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Jan 2008 11:01PM
Fantastic shot. One of the best ever.
18 Jan 2008 11:05PM
Doh!, I just looked through my Skomer photos and saw the other photo I took of this Puffin, it was taken at 330mm whereas this one was right in at 500mm, it has all the sandeels in it and the bird has turned more side-on and it all looks sharp to me, I should've used that one, I'm kicking myself now.
I'll upload it later in the week incase people think it's the same one.
v8dunc 11 333 4 Scotland
18 Jan 2008 11:09PM
All been said

Cheers Duncan
BeiK 12 7 Scotland
18 Jan 2008 11:31PM
Your own title says it all.....Cracking image. -"Soft eye"....some people are just never ordinary mortals couldn't ask for more! Don't kick yourself, please!
ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2008 11:44PM


How come 200 odd more looked and did not vote...weird. whay didn't they like.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 525 England
19 Jan 2008 12:03AM
Superb catch Smile
19 Jan 2008 12:51AM
Thanks everyone, I keep making these silly little mistakes but I'll get it right one day lol.

All part of the learning process I suppose, it's fun though Smile
19 Jan 2008 12:54AM
Thanks to Karen & Bitte for their awards too, I'm honoured Smile
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2008 5:56AM
superb - colour detail and composition.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2008 7:17AM
That's gotta be the best Puffin shot I have seen for many years

19 Jan 2008 9:43AM
Thanks Alan & Mike, glad you both like it too Smile
19 Jan 2008 12:26PM
Thanks for the members' award Dave Smile
dave1207 10 14 England
19 Jan 2008 1:49PM
You're very welcome, much deserved. Looking forward to seeing the next shot.
19 Jan 2008 2:14PM
Impressive ! Really look forward to that other one. curious to see if it beats this one
dazzaman 11 631 England
19 Jan 2008 2:37PM
what can i say geoff, this is by far your best bird shot, should be on the front cover of a mag.

well done my friend

19 Jan 2008 5:01PM
Wow!, 100 votes, for me that's a lot, I am very honoured, thanks everyone Smile
I'm gonna upload a few ordinary Puffin shots this week then the other version of this one later in the week.

Thanks Darren mate, glad you were the 100th Smile

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Jan 2008 5:53PM
Awesome detail in this brilliant close up shot, both you and the puffin should be proud of their work! This one fully deserves all the accolades its received
19 Jan 2008 6:15PM
Thanks Edmund.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2008 8:11PM
Wonderful shot.

19 Jan 2008 9:30PM
Thanks Nigel.
Thank you Samantha for your award, my trophy cabinet is overflowing Wink
Mounters 11 85 2 England
19 Jan 2008 10:20PM
This is stunning, amazing detail, great compostion and fantastic colours, really brightens a dull day
Sezz 13 617 15 England
19 Jan 2008 10:35PM
The awards are well desserved - awesome shot!

Sez *
19 Jan 2008 10:47PM
Thanks John for yet another award.
Thanks Sarah.
21 Jan 2008 10:39AM
Wow!, just noticed I've had yet another Members' award, thanks Keith Smile
franfoto 10 2 32 England
23 Jan 2008 2:25PM
Class photography in every way.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
23 Jan 2008 2:34PM
Just so professional, if I could get a shot like this I would be the 2nd most proud person in the world. (you obviously being the first), top class, couldn't be bettered. So impressed and at the same time full of envy.
23 Jan 2008 4:01PM
Thanks Fran & Geoff, glad you both like my photo too, I'm honoured Smile
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
24 Jan 2008 6:14AM
A stunning shot, congrats on all the awards received from your peers, truly deserving! Spot on! Click!!!

24 Jan 2008 9:17AM
Thanks Greg Smile
Marian 12 62 England
25 Jan 2008 8:38AM
An excellent image.
25 Jan 2008 12:35PM
Thanks Marian.
26 Jan 2008 7:10PM
Ha ha. Fabulous shot and superb detail.
26 Jan 2008 10:41PM
Thanks Chris.
kanu 10 India
2 Feb 2008 6:51AM
2 Feb 2008 10:58PM
Thanks Kanu.
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
11 Feb 2008 9:23AM
That is just one amazing shot. Brilliant.
LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
22 Jun 2009 12:29AM
a perfect image. couldn't be any better.
12 Jul 2009 12:54AM
Thanks both.

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